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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Fluid flow issues occur in all sectors of engineering and can range from simple laminar pipe flow to complex multi-phase phenomena involving turbulence, rotating components, conjugate heat transfer and chemical reactions. We undertake a wide variety of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) consultancy and desktop study projects in most industries involving internal or external flows.

We have the flexibility to provide efficient fluid dynamics modelling solutions for all types and scale of equipment. This includes specialist strategies and software tools for Thermal ManagementWind Microclimate Assessment and other Building Physics.

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computational fluid dynamics (CFD

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) combines numerical analysis, data structures, and computer simulations to study fluid flows

Chemical & Process
Mixing & Turbomachinery
Valve Equipment
Building Physics

Helping operators and equipment manufacturers

Complementary to our other software and services for the Chemical & Process and Oil & Gas industries, we have significant experience in helping operators and equipment manufacturers upscale operations and increase throughput, efficiency & reliability through the adoption of CFD.

Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Flow simulation for bulk storage application

Mixing simulation

In addition to involvement in industrial mixing applications, our knowledge of modelling rotating equipment also extends to a range of turbomachinery applications, including centrifugal compressors and vertical/horizontal axis wind turbines.

Mixing simulation
Mixing simulation (Courtesy: Fillworth (UK) Ltd)

Accurately modelling valve closure dynamics

Many software and consulting projects have featured valves, from regular pressure-flow characterisation and derivation of loss coefficients to detailed erosion predictions involving particle tracking and standard & modified wear models.

We have refined a technique for accurately modelling valve closure dynamics, combining CFD with spreadsheets and equations of motion. Another innovative approach has been developed to efficiently simulate the actuation torque performance of ball valves under mainly incompressible flows.

Erosion study for pipe bend combining CFD with statistical analysis of particle wall collisions
computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
CFD simulations undertaken to predict hydrodynamic forces & characterise ball valve actuation torque as function of opening position (Courtesy: Halliburton)

Improving pedestrian comfort and safety

CFD is increasing being used to improve the environment in which we live, from improving pedestrian comfort and safety by mitigating adverse external wind flows induced by tall buildings and controlling pollution dispersion to optimising heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) for health and reduced energy consumption. We have significant project experience in these and other Built Environment applications.

Wind flow

Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) analysis

We couple our fluid dynamics software with FEA capabilities for Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) analysis. Consulting applications have included wind loading, valve performance and turbine blade dynamics.

Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI)
Structural and fluid analysis of valve system showing vortex shedding (Courtesy: Score (Europe) Ltd)

Customer stories – Fluid Dynamics

atg UV Technology

Case Study: Hazard Identification using SWIFT Training at BAE Systems
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Barberry Developments Ltd

Wind Microclimate Study to Promote Pedestrian Comfort & Safety within Planning…
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Fillworth (UK) Ltd

Evaluation of New Batch Mixing Tank DesignFillworth approached PDSVISION to…
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Glasscoat International

Glasscoat International required a detailed understanding of the conjugate heat…
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IAC Acoustics

PDSVISION partnered with IAC Acoustics to evaluate the effectiveness of an engine…
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MAHLE Industrial Filtration UK Ltd

Design Assurance for seawater filtration unit design using CFD – Evaluate design for…
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